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Coaching changes for Bluestone golf

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First year Bluestone varsity golf head coach George Lancaster meets with team members on Monday before tryouts and practice begins. / August 07, 2019
Bluestone high and middle school golfers held practice and tryouts for the upcoming season on Monday evening at Kinderton Country Club in Clarksville.

Several returning players as well as some new faces were present to begin the 2019 season. Bluestone was to begin its regular season on Thursday, hosting a match with Cumberland and Randolph-Henry, but that match will be rescheduled due to a timing conflict.

Leading the golf team this season will be George Lancaster. Lancaster has coached high school golf for 12 years, most recently at Highland Springs High School. Coach David Allgood, who coached golf for the past several years, will be the coach at Bluestone Middle starting this season.

Monday was an opportunity for Lancaster to meet with players, collect physicals and get in some practice. Tristan Driggs and Joseph Walker, the team’s lone senior, will serve as co-captains.

Bluestone had a decent team last season, though not as strong as some of its previous seasons. Lancaster looks to build upon the team’s prior successes and hopefully be a solid contender in the James River District this year.

Bluestone is scheduled to play in Crewe on Aug. 15 when they compete against Amelia and Nottoway. Most of Bluestone’s matches this season will be tri-matches. Lancaster noted while he wasn’t expecting to coach golf this season, he was happy the opportunity presented itself and looks forward to working with the students.

Bluestone Middle School opens regular season play next week though the team’s schedule hasn’t been posted yet on the school’s website. Allgood said he is looking forward to a great season at BMS.

The middle school golf team finished 5-3 in the Southside Middle School Conference last season, 5-4 overall, and placed third in the SMSC golf tournament in 2018, behind number one Central Middle School and second place Powhatan.

“I’m expecting us to have around 10 golfers or more this season, with several returning players and maybe one or two that have never played for the school before,” Allgood said. “We should have a very good team this year.”

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